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Civil War]: [Confederate Military]
COLLECTION OF TWENTY-NINE MANUSCRIPT ORDERS FROM VARIOUS CONFEDERATE OFFICERS, INCLUDING GEN. P.G.T. BEAUREGARD, FROM CONFEDERATE HEADQUARTERS IN CHARLESTON DURING THE OPENING WEEKS OF THE CIVIL WAR]
[Charleston & Morris Island, S.C, 1861. Twenty-nine manuscript documents, a few on Confederate military stationery, the remainder on plain paper, totaling [37]pp. Original folds. Minor edge wear, chipping to four letters resulting in minor loss. Overall very good. An uncommonly-early collection of Confederate manuscript military correspondence from the opening moments of the Civil War. The orders emanate from all levels of the Confederate military - Provisional Army, Battalion, and Brigade. Ten of the present orders come from Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, the commander of Confederate troops at Charleston in the spring of 1861. Beauregard led the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter on April 12, a decisive victory for the Confederacy in the first battle of the Civil War. Especially interesting are the first few orders, dated between April 6 and April 11. These orders concern the movement of troops to Morris Island in Charleston harbor in anticipation of the attack on nearby Fort Sumter. The first order, on April 6, is marked "Secret" and instructs Colonel Hagood to "establish signals, for the assembling of each company in the shortest possible time, and necessary arrangements made for prompt transmission of orders.Arms and equipments will be furnished on your arrival here with your command.In order to keep down any excitement, consequent upon this order, you are directed to execute it in as secret and quiet a manner as the nature of the case will admit of." The secrecy of the order itself and the call for swiftness and quiet movements of the troops clearly indicates an imminent attac … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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